Clients value Stéphane’s ability to provide pragmatic and strategic legal advice, backed up by his extensive experience both as a Department of Justice attorney and as a corporate defence counsel. One client considers him “the smartest and best litigator and investigator I have met.” Another client says Stéphane “inspires trust and delivers.”
Chambers Canada 2016
Known for his unflappable and focused approach, Stéphane acts and has extensive expertise in a wide range of criminal investigations and proceedings under various federal criminal provisions such as those contained in the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and the Competition Act.
Co-chair of the Investigations & White Collar Defence practice, Stéphane also acts in complex trials and high-stakes government and regulatory body investigations. He regularly advises Canadian and foreign corporations on internal investigations, as well as on the design and implementation of compliance programs. Clients also rely on his expertise for their disputes with tax authorities, including income tax and sales tax disputes, both Canadian and cross-border.
Acting before the Court of Québec for a major Québec-wide energy provider in a litigious tax matter involving the Québec Revenue Agency. The Québec Revenue Agency reassessed four of the client's taxation years, adding very significant amounts to its stated capital for the purpose of the Québec tax on capital.
Acted for a public company in the metals and chemicals sector. Stéphane led an international internal investigation in connection with allegations of wrongdoing against former owners of a company that our client had acquired.
Acted for a US-based company active in the North American construction manufacturing sector and having worldwide operations. Stéphane led an internal investigation and advised the client in connection with a tax-related criminal investigation and allegations of corruption.
Acted for a Canadian clothing company. Stéphane led an internal investigation following allegations of wrongdoing and violation of customs regulations. This file involved acts committed in the United States, China and Mexico.
Acted for a parapublic institution. Stéphane advised the client in connection with a criminal and administrative investigation.
Acting for a prominent family holding corporation in a litigious tax matter before the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal. At issue are reassessments by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) adding significant amounts to the client's income under section 94.1 of the Income Tax Act, an anti-avoidance provision designed to tax investments in "offshore investment funds" that were made to avoid Canadian tax. This provision was previously considered inapplicable to day-to-day investments by Canadians in large and reputable international funds.
Canadian Forest Navigation
Acting for Canadian Forest Navigation, a leading international shipping and navigation company, in its appeals to the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal against tax reassessments. These appeals deal with the effects of foreign rectification orders as well as with Canadian tax issues applicable to many Canadian international shipping companies.
Acting before the Superior Court and the Québec Court of Appeal for a foreign trust in proceedings to declare an administrative act by Revenue Quebec ultra vires.
Anti-Corruption Legislation in Canada
Jan. 25, 2018 - This publication summarizes Canada’s foreign and domestic anti-corruption legislation in relation to dealings with public officials. It is relevant for both Canadian-based entities operating abroad and foreign and domestic businesses operating in Canada. Download our perspective.
Canada Repeals Facilitation Payments Exception in Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act
Oct. 30, 2017 - The Canadian government announced on October 30, 2017, that it is repealing the exception for “facilitation payments” to the offence of bribery under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). The CFPOA is Canada’s principal legislation combatting bribery of foreign public...
International Association of Lawyers, 61st Congress, “Canadian Foreign Anti-Corruption Legislation”; Toronto, ON
Oct. 28, 2017
Government of Canada Consults on Tools to Address Corporate Wrongdoing
Sept. 28, 2017 - Many jurisdictions around the world have implemented frameworks to deter and address the consequences of criminal and quasi-criminal business practices by corporations. In an effort to ensure that Canada has the right tools to address corporate crimes, on September 25, 2017, the Canadian government...
Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Conviction for Conspiracy to Bribe Foreign Public Officials
July 19, 2017 - In 2014, Nazir Karigar was sentenced to three years in prison under Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) for his role in a scheme to offer bribes to Indian officials on behalf of a Canadian technology company. Karigar was the first individual sentenced under the...
Seeing red? – get the lowdown on Interpol
July 03, 2017 - White-collar crime investigations are increasingly becoming multijurisdictional. As such, the ability for investigators to arrest the target of an investigation abroad often becomes a crucial consideration in deciding to pursue an investigation with an international component. In this article from...
Projet de loi 107 : Québec accorde de nouveaux et larges pouvoirs à l’UPAC et au DPCP
June 16, 2016 - Only available in French. En 2011, le gouvernement du Québec créait l’Unité permanente anticorruption (l’« UPAC ») et adoptait la Loi concernant la lutte contre la corruption, RLRQ c. L-6.1 (la « LLC ») en réponse aux allégations médiatisées de collusion et de corruption dans...
Designing an Anti-Corruption Program: A Guide for Canadian Businesses
June 01, 2016 - Originally published in Designing an Anti-Corruption Program: A Guide for Canadian Businesses published by Global Compact Network Canada, (2016) this chapter examines the general overview and jurisdictional scope of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act offences and also...
Canadian Integrity Regime Amendments: Serious Implications for Certification and Reporting Obligations for Federal Government Contracts
May 13, 2016 - On April 4, 2016, the Canadian federal government amended its Integrity Regime, which governs the qualification of suppliers to enter into contracts with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) and a number of other federal departments and agencies. The amendments are intended to...
Québec Proposes Better Protection for Whistleblowers – Are We Allowing Disclosure in the Media to Get Out of Hand?
Dec. 07, 2015 - On December 2, 2015, one week after the final report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (commonly known as the “Charbonneau Commission”) was tabled, the National Assembly introduced Bill 87, titled An Act to facilitate...
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations (Band 1)
Benchmark Canada Awards—White-Collar/Enforcement/Investigations Litigator of the Year (2017, 2018)
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—General Commercial (Litigation Star); White Collar Crime (Litigation Star)
International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Tax Law
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Investigations; Who’s Who Legal: Investigations
Expert Guides—White Collar Crime